Liberals

Our Fractured Republic

Featured image In a recent podcast, Steve talked with Yuval Levin about his brilliant new book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of Individualism. In the interview, Yuval summarized the book’s themes and some of its key arguments. The discussion begins at around the 19 minute mark. At 21 minutes, Yuval sets forth his core thesis. At 23 minutes, he begins his critique of contemporary conservatism. I can’t »

Minimum Wage, Maximum Ignorance (2)

Featured image Regarding my item last Friday about the “expected” poor results from the higher minimum wage in Seattle, a perceptive reader offers the observation that the minimum wage should be better understood as a government ban on low-paying jobs: The term “minimum wage” does not serve us well. Only an employer can decide on a true ”minimum wage,” in the sense of a determination to pay no less than some level. »

The Chart-Topping DNC Email?

Featured image Lots of the DNC emails are getting scrutiny, but this one jumped out at me as the most revealing: And liberals wonder why we think they have a death wish and sympathize with our enemies. »

Liberal Hypocrisy, an International Phenomenon

Featured image American liberals trumpet a “wage gap” between men and women, notwithstanding reams of social science data demonstrating that men’s higher average earnings reflect life choices, not discrimination. White House salaries are published, so analysts have shown that Barack Obama’s own staff manifests the same “pay gap” that Obama and Hillary Clinton decry in private industry. Democrats have no response; as usual, they count on voter ignorance. It is entertaining to »

Who’s the Jackass?

Featured image Fallout over the issues surrounding race and policing continues. Last night the Minnesota Lynx, the current WNBA champions, played a home game. They decided to use the opportunity to come out in favor–I think it is fair to say–of Black Lives Matter. As a result, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers who were providing security walked off the job. Considering this a local story, I wrote about it last night, shortly »

Rioters Injure 21 Policemen In St. Paul

Featured image Hundreds of Black Limes Matter rioters shut down Highway 94, a major interstate that connects Minneapolis and St. Paul, for several hours last night. The rioters bombarded police with chunks of concrete, pieces of rebar and other hard objects, injuring 21 police officers. One policeman suffered a broken vertebrae when a concrete block was dropped on his head from above. Around 100 rioters were arrested. Policemen ultimately dispersed the rioters »

#AmericaWasNeverGreat?

Featured image If you don’t follow the daily Twitter wars–and why would you?–you probably are unaware that a bunch of leftist dimwits promoted the hashtag #AmericaWasNeverGreat, as their own special way of celebrating Independence Day. The thread was trending for most of the day, primarily because sane people heard about it and tried to educate the lefties. The leftists’ comments were no more intelligent than you would expect, but what struck me »

Liberalism’s All-Purpose, Universal Scam

Featured image You may have missed the story yesterday of the arrest over the weekend of civil rights bit player Walter Fauntroy, who returned over the weekend from what the Washington Post described as a “four-year sojourn in the Persian Gulf,” where he had fled to skip out on a $55,000 tab for an inauguration party he held for Barack Obama back in 2009: In January 2012, Fauntroy left the United States »

The End of the “End of History”?

Featured image On Friday morning I happened to have breakfast in the Bay Area with a center-left writer of some prominence who was once a conservative, who, surveying the wreckage of the Brexit vote alongside the decay of liberalism under Hillary and Bernie, sighed that “I’ll probably end up a conservative again.” Since it was a private conversation I won’t say who this person was, but suffice it to say he’s attacked »

International Reaction to Brexit? Clueless

Featured image As Brexit reverberates around the Western world, it is fun to observe the almost universal myopia of liberal commentators. This is from Sweden: “Brexit, a sign of anti-elite revolt: analysts.” So the analysts are starting to catch on. But they still have a ways to go: It was Britain’s poorer and less-educated citizens — angry at not having shared in the economic benefits of a new world order — who »

Why Are Liberals So Hateful?

Featured image I will have thoughts on the implications of Brexit later in the day, but for now want to ask a more limited question: why are liberals so hateful? The last days of the EU campaign were marred by the Remain camp–i.e., the forces of Britain’s establishment–trying to use the appalling murder of MP Jo Cox as political fodder. Against all reason, they tried to tar the Brexit campaign with the »

What Happens When Liberal Heroines Crumble?

Featured image In February 2011, Vogue magazine published a notorious puff piece on Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria. You can see a photo of the article here–it was titled “A Rose in the Desert”–but if you try to access it online, you get this: Down the memory hole, in other words. Vogue doesn’t want us to remember that it was shilling for Assad, now that hundreds of thousands have died. »

Murder of British MP Echoes American Politics at Its Worst

Featured image Earlier today, Jo Cox, a Labour Member of Parliament, was murdered on a street as she was conducting a “surgery” for her constituents. The facts surrounding the murder are unclear, and contradictory reports have emerged. The certain fact is that a 52 year old man named Thomas Mair shot and stabbed Ms. Cox, and was immediately apprehended. Britain is, of course, in the midst of a heated campaign over its »

Terrorist Attacks Expose Liberal Craziness

Featured image Terrorism brings out the worst in liberals. The blindingly obvious fact that jihadist Muslims are attacking us is seldom if ever acknowledged. Instead, the Left’s approach is all about distraction. This time, a gay bar was the site of the Islamic massacre. So everywhere we see signs of solidarity with the “LGBTQ community.” To cite one of hundreds of examples, my own governor, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, has directed that »

Videos and Photos of Fascist Violence in San Jose

Featured image When people refer to fascism, they generally mean “opinions I disagree with.” But the real thing, sadly, is not extinct. For the first time in our modern history, Brownshirts are on the march. As always, they are on the Left. We have written (here and elsewhere) about liberal Democrats who have rioted at or after Donald Trump rallies. Last night in San Jose, liberals attacked Trump supporters in the most »

10 Years Ago on Power Line: Have Liberals Learned Anything?

Featured image Borrowing an inspiration from Glenn Reynolds looking back at old dispatches from Instapundit, I think it might be worth revisiting some old posts on this site from time to time. Ten years ago this month Paul took note of Peter Beinart’s argument that liberals—and only liberals—could win the war on terror. He wrote a book about the idea shortly thereafter, and then after Bush and the Iraq war become more »

The Next President Must Be a White Male Republican

Featured image That is Glenn Reynolds’s modest proposal. And he is right. The supposed watchdogs of the press become toothless lap pets when the president is a Democrat, let alone a black Democrat. Those of us who believe in the Constitution can wish for only thing: a white male Republican, like Donald Trump. Only the victory of such a candidate will cause the liberal commentariat (and maybe the judiciary) to re-awaken to »